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  • ELC School 20:28 on February 5, 2014 Permalink
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    We can put up with nature, but what about people? 

    Enceladus continues to strike Cephalonia while rough seas hamper relief efforts and low temperatures torment the Ionian island’s quake-rattled population. But the people of Cephalonia are trying to take it in their stride. After all, they know that there is only so much humans can do when faced with the forces of nature. At best, they can mitigate the impact and only if they operate in accordance with a good plan – that is when they keep “Greek particularities” at bay.

    cephaloniaThe islanders could cope with nature’s adversities by putting to use their experience with earthquakes – which almost seems to be passing from one generation to the next – and, of course, with their good sense of humor – particularly the people of Lixouri, who are famous for poking fun at themselves.

    The people of Cephalonia are still using their sense of humor – which also appears to be in their DNA – to joke about the state and to provide comfort to one another. Their main source of support after disaster struck was a wave of solidarity across the island which easily took precedence over a long tradition of local antagonisms (a nationwide trait in a country that is to a large extent still a collection of city-states). (More …)

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  • ELC School 00:21 on February 2, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: C2 reading, Crime,   

    Crime: Anti-terrorist sqaud finds car laden with arms, explosives in southern Athens 

    policefaliro_390_0201Authorities appeared to have discovered a significant clue on Saturday in their attempt to track down domestic terrorists when a car laden with firearms and explosives was searched in a southern Athens neighborhood.

    Anti-terrorist squad officers had the silver Opel found in Palaio Faliro under surveillance for around two weeks following a tip-off. They had been waiting to see whether someone would come to collect the stolen vehicle but decided on Saturday that it would be too risky, given its contents, to leave it there any longer.

    Four rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and a launcher were found during the search, which was carried out by specially trained officers and sniffer dogs. Officers also discovered four hand grenades, three AK-47 assault rifles, seven cartridges for the Kalashnikovs, a box of bullets, gloves and hoods.

    The car was stolen from Keratea, northeast of Athens, on January 1. The license plates on the vehicle had been switched with those from another, identical car.

    The Greek police have been on alert since November 17 terrorist Savvas Xeros disappeared last month while on a prison furlough. Xeros has since issued a video in which he declared he would return to terrorist action. Police suspect that he may have teamed up with Nikos Maziotis and Paula Roupa, members of another urban guerrilla group, Revolutionary Struggle.

    Officers did not say on Saturday whether they could link the car in Palaio Faliro to these three or any other terrorist suspects. The vehicle was to be towed to police premises so it could be examined by forensic experts, who will look for fingerprints, DNA or other evidence that could help the police in their search for suspects. (More …)

     
  • ELC School 00:29 on November 2, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: , , , C2 reading, UK News,   

    Vocabulary: Whitechapel Market Swoop 

    A massive police operation saw 140 officers swoop on Whitechapel Market targeting illegal immigrants and traders selling counterfeit goods.

    The huge raids, coordinated by the Metropolitan Police and the UK Border Agency (UKBA), led to 38 people being arrested or detained.

    Police also seized more than 500 mobile phones as they rifled through goods at 10 shops and stalls for which search warrants were issued.

    A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Officers were working in Whitechapel Market as part of a pre-planned operation to search for stolen goods and arrest anyone handling stolen goods.

    “As a result of the operation, 38 arrests were made and 500 mobile phones were seized.”

    Eyewitnesses said as many as 30 police and UKBA* vans were involved in the swoop on Thursday afternoon.

    Scotland Yard confirmed the operation was carried out in conjunction with the UKBA, which arrested 10 suspected illegal immigrants.

    Seven of those arrests were of Bangladeshis, with one Pakistani, one Indian and one Burmese person also detained.

    All other arrests were for handling stolen goods or other theft-related offences.

    Tower Hamlets council said 10 of the borough’s street markets have signed up to a charter under which officials and traders “self police” stalls and report suspicious activity.

    “We are committed to combating the sale of counterfeit goods and our trading standards team advise on and enforce a range of laws to protect consumers in the borough, on issues including packaging, product safety and weights and measures,” a spokesman added.

    Police and UKBA officials were unable to confirm how many suspects had been charged.

    UKBA stands for United Kingdom Border Agency

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